Date:  30 November 2005 23:00 - 03 December 2005 23:00
Location: London
Category:  Film

Norwegian Film Festival in London

A festival to celebrate the centenary of Norwegian independence and to showcase acclaimed new and classic Norwegian films takes place first week in December at the Barbican, London.

The event is highlighted by the opening ScreenTalk with Erik Skjoldbjærg (Director of 'Prozac Nation') and Karoline Frogner on Thursday 1 December, and Ketil Bjørnstad’s live piano accompaniment to the silent film adaptation of Ibsen’s epic poem, 'Terje Vigen (A Man There Was)' on Sunday 4 December.

1 December, 7.30pm: 'An Enemy of The People' (En Folkefiende) + ScreenTalk
Director Erik Skjoldbjærg first gained international recognition for this 1997 feature debut 'Insomnia' and consolidated his reputation in 2001 with the explosive 'Prozac Nation'. We are delighted to welcome this highly respected Norwegian director, together with Karoline Frogner (director of 'Tinkers') for a ScreenTalk after the screening of Skoldbjaerg’s 'An Enemy of the People'.

In this modern version of Ibsen’s classic play a TV celebrity intends to revitalise his native village in partnership with his brother by marketing the local spring water. However, their venture stumbles as traces of a banned pesticide are found in the water, bankruptcy threatens and the brothers are divided on the best course of action. 
Norway 2005 Dir Erik Skjoldbjærg

3 December, 2pm: 'Tinkers'
This fascinating documentary follows the plight of Bjørn who at the age of 45 discovers that his biological parents are in fact travellers from whom he was stolen by the Norwegian state when he was just one day old. Reeling from the revelation, Bjørn is reclaimed by the travelling community, but ultimately torn between his background and the cultural inheritance that he has been denied. Director of the 'Tinkers', Karoline Frogner, will be at the screening to present the film.
Norway 2004 Dir. Karoline Frogner

3 December, 4pm: 'Kissed By Winter'
Victoria, a doctor, is running away from the past, choosing an isolated village cloaked in winter in which to forget. However, one morning a young man’s body is discovered in the snow and Victoria finds herself drawn into his life and death, all the while the truth about her own past begins to catch up with her. This film is Norway’s entry for Best Foreign Film at the 2006 Academy Awards. It recently won a prestigious award in LA - to read more, click here. To read the Hollywood Reporter's review of the fim, click here.
Norway 2005 Dir. Sara Johnsen

3 December, 11am: A Journey to the Christmas Star
Come and share in the magic of Norway's favourite Christmas film! Brave and young Sonja sets off into the dark, mysterious forest in search of the Christmas Star. There she encounters a host of magical characters and surprising adventures on her search, including making friends with Father Christmas. Directed by one of Norway's most distinguished directors, and with the music of Johan Halvorsen, this film is truly a Scandinavian classic.
Norway 1976, Dir. Ola Solum

4 December, 2pm: 'Hawaii, Oslo'
Five parallel tales intersect on the hottest day of the year in Grünerløkka, Oslo. These random stories of sadness and desperation are drawn together by the character of Vidar, an angel figure who offers hope of salvation to the others, if not to himself. The second part of Erik Poppe’s Oslo trilogy, 'Hawaii, Oslo' was Norway’s entry for Best Foreign Film at this year’s Academy Awards.
Norway 2004 Dir. Erik Poppe

4 December, 4.15pm: 'Terje Vigen (A Man There Was)'
The opening lines of Henrik Ibsen’s epic poem Terje Vigen are among the most well-known words in the Norwegian literary heritage, and Victor Sjöström’s 1916 film adaptation of Ibsen’s poem was a landmark in silent cinema. The hero, Terje Vigen, (played by Sjöström himself) is an intrepid fisherman who slips through the English lines during the Napoleonic Wars, in order to bring back food from Denmark for his starving family. He is eventually captured, but is released after the war only to find that his wife and child have died of starvation. Later during a terrible storm he rescues the crew of a small boat, and discovers he has saved the English captain who captured him years ago.

Acclaimed Norwegian pianist, composer and writer Ketil Bjørnstad, will perform his own composition as an accompaniment to this classic film.
1916, dir. Victor Sjöström, 65 min.

To book tickets for any of these films, click here.

Special Screening: 'Edvard Munch'
Separately from the film festival, a special screening will take place on 4 December at the Curzon Cinema in Mayfair of Peter Watkins’ acclaimed film about Edvard Munch. This is to celebrate the exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, 'Edvard Munch by Himself', which closes on 11 December. For more information, click here.

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